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Balconies Mer de Glace, glacier travel and hiking with a chamonix mountain guide in the Mont Blanc range.

The Balconies of the Mer de Glace
BALCONIES OF MER DE GLACE : available also in 3 or 4 days with 2 extra nights in 2 other huttes, the Leschaux hutte at the bottom of the North Face of Grandes Jorasses and The Requin hutte close to the most impressive icefall of the Vallée Blanche.
One of the most impressive glacier in Chamonix ,very good view on Drus, Aiguille verte, Dent du Géant , Dent du Requin , Grandes Jorasses, aiguilles de Chamonix . Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in Chamonix .

DONT FORGET / Snacks for eating on hiking and a sandwich or something else for lunch .The card of your club of mountaineering for the discount in the hutte.

J1   : Meeting at the railway station of Montenvers. 30 minutes of train up to Montenvers railway station (1909 m). Descent on the glaciar , climbing on easy laders we will reach the circus of Charpoua ; now being above mer de glace we discover a very good view on south face of " les Drus"" . A few ladders later, we will be at the bottom of aiguille du Moine: kneedle of the monk behind this summit there is the Couvercle Hutte(2687 m ) where we shall spend the night . Marmots and good view on the Vallée Blanche .
Ascending / 900 meters  Descending/ 150 meters

J2 : Descent of the ladders of les Egralets and descent of the Mer de glace / the track is turning around crevasses and rivers on the glacier. At the last part of the glacier, we will meet mountaineers training on the steep ice wall of the right river of Mer de glace . Last ladders and return to Montenvers railway station
Descending : 900 meters  Ascending :150 meters

 TECHNICAL LEVEL / A good fitness: to be able to walk 5  hours (ascending average speed 300 meters /hour).The guide will show you how to use the rope and will rope rope up you if you want and if necessary .

I provide : harnesses, collective equipment (rope ,pharmacy...)

 DONT FORGET : Cash for the half pension included mine , your own pharmacy, snacks. You can pay by credit card the rental (crampons, mountain boots ,poles...) and the train ticket.

If you want to have a look on the trek / Blue Map IGN 1/25000   3630 west
Food snacks : dehydrated fruits , chocolate tablets ,sandwich ; avoid heavy food . like fresh fruits.

Because of the conditions of the mountain, the level of the group and others, the guide could organize a different planing.
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